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    She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    I read the following in a book written by a non-native speaker:

    1. She is Chinese. She comes from Beijing. (Incorrect)
    2. She is a Chinese. She comes from Beijing. (correct)

    The writer said that 'Chinese is an countable noun, it should be preceded by an article.

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    I think both of the above sentences are correct because 'Chinese' is an adjective in the sentence 1. Am I right?
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    #2

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, you are right.

    Although grammatically correct, I find 2. unnatural. I would use 1. myself.

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    #3

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    2 is completely wrong. We used to say "Chinaman" and that was countable. Someone could be "a Chinaman."

    But that is considered politically incorrect now. So we can only say that someone is Chinese. Not "a Chinese."

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    #4

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    I am not a teacher.

    I disagree with you. I would not use 2. but it isn't "completely wrong".

    See here.

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    #5

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    I see it is in the dictionary, but I think it should be marked "obsolete."

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    #6

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    I always say "I am Chinese", but is it correct to say "I am a Chinese who is learning English"? Should "guy" be added after "Chinese"? I sometimes say "Not a teacher, but a Chinese" in my posts, is it wrong?

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    #7

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    It may not be "dictionary wrong," but it is unnatural in modern use. Yes, you should use "Chinese" as an adjective. You are a Chinese man/guy/person/individual/etc.

    ("Chinese" as a noun is still good for the language.)

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    #8

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It may not be "dictionary wrong," but it is unnatural in modern use. Yes, you should use "Chinese" as an adjective. You are a Chinese man/guy/person/individual/etc.

    ("Chinese" as a noun is still good for the language.)
    Thanks, SoothingDave.

    She is a Chinese girl/woman/lady.

    If we do not know whether she is married, should we use 'She is a Chinese lady.'

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    #9

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    Marriage has nothing to do with it. "Woman" has the least connotations, but can not be used for a very young person.

    "Girl" should only be used for pre-teens.

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    #10

    Re: She is (a) Chinese. She comes from Beijing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If we do not know whether she is married, should we use 'She is a Chinese lady.'
    If she's an extreme feminist, you should call her a "Chinese woman", not a lady.

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